Like a lot of older people, somewhere around 9/11 my one-time hippie mom started to get scared that the boogie-man and A-rab Darth Vader were going to come blow up her local CVS. Thus began a slow, depressing descent rightward in her politics. She’s not racist, or homophobic or anything, thank god, but she’s just saying, maybe there’s nothing wrong with being proud of our troops, and that Bill O’Reilly makes some good points from time to time.
Taking that into consideration, it’s kind of surprising how few comic sans email chain conspiracy theories she’s forwarded me over the years. But this one, apparently, was too good to pass up. It’s a “rocking” version of the “Star Spangled Banner” performed by something called Madison Rising, which I’m guessing might be a reference to James Madison, the 4th president, and the bro who drafted the first ten amendments to the Constitution, oversaw the Louisiana Purchase, and led the country in the War of 1812. Supported the troops, you might say. Imperialist you also might say. Big slave owner too, but I’m just saying.
Here’s some of the text of the chain:
I never thought I would forward our National Anthem being sung by a “hard-rock” group.
Lib talk-show hosts and comedians have recently criticized the National Anthem as being stupid, silly, too militaristic, and many more insults.
This band sings a version that will knock your socks off … a Navy vet sings the lead.
Consider my socks off. I have to agree, this rendition really does make me want to cry.
Go check out the mission behind the video here where they want you to “Help Madison Rising keep the Banner flying and show EVERYONE that you are one of the millions of hard working people in this country that is still proud to be an American. ”